Two Venti Iced Caramel Macchiato — wait that doesn’t sound right. We are not serving coffee in Starbucks anymore. Two Ex Baristas reunited after 3 years and what better way to share the old and new wonderful memories than to catch up over a cup of coffee?
We took the BTS to Prakanong Station moving our bodies at a low speed despite seeing a vast number of people rushing back and forth the train station. Our knees weakened after climbing Wat Arun’s Temple like we were being knocked off on a snakes and ladders board game.
We were looking for any coffee shops along Sukhumvit, an area which is near my friend’s abode where I stayed during my entire vacation in Bangkok. Despite our mobile Phones battery condition nearly dying we managed to search for a good coffee shop in Sukhumvit. Only that it gave up before we search for the directions on how to get there. The coffee shop is called Carfe barn @36 Sukhumvit.
From Prakanong Station we headed to Thonglor. My friend asked the locals on how to reach the coffee shop. We can actually walk but after playing the literal temple run, walking wasn’t our option. During my entire stay in Bangkok I never felt the language Barrier challenge compare to my first trip back in 2007. Merely because I was with my friend who speak Thai Fluently. I was impressed with her accent and all. Last time I checked, she only speaks Ilonggo, Tagalog and English. I always find Thai Language very interesting second to French. Their Language is so sweet like the Hiligaynon/ilonggo we speak in our native home town.
We rode a motorcycle from Thonglor to Coffee Barn @36. Say what? A motorcycle ride again? I wasn’t sure if I overcome the fear of riding a motorcycle after I fell off the Habal -Habal on our way to Enchanted River but I guess I did eventually! That motorcycle took us to the Barn in less than 7 minutes only which proves that we were too lazy to walk! The moment we entered the Coffee Shop, we were greeted by their coolest white and red Volkswagen Kombi Van Coffee counter. It will always be the most fabulous Coffee counter and Bar ever! If there will be a Coffee barn @36 in Cyberjaya, I’m sure I’ll be a regular customer.
We ordered Iced latte, Iced chocolate and their best seller Dark Chocolate mousse. We were amazed that the seats were made of cars from vespa, Peugeot, Mini cooper to Ferrari. The table stands were engines from different types of vehicle brands. There were also some old fashioned vintage suitcases which I find really cute! I like the counter’s ceiling light which they based from the concept of the Car’s headlight illuminating the bar where Baristas pull out the ground beans shot. The whole place was fantastic it inspired us to continue that dream of having a coffee shop of our own someday.
We had a great time exchanging stories. We were too busy reminiscing old memories that we didn’t even noticed the Coffee shop closing. The barista told us we can stay since we were outside the shop. We continued to converse for more than 3 hours. It made me realized to value friends wherever they may be in the world.The hardest part of traveling no matter how cliche this may be but it’ll always be saying goodbye.
*Special Thanks to Tanya of Struck by Fashion Lightning for being my lovely host in Bangkok.*
How did we get to Coffee Barn@36?
From Pharkanong Station, we took the BTS to Thonglor Station. Although the address is 67 Soi Sukhumvit 36 Pharkanong Klongtoey, Bangkok. When we were in Prakanong, the security lady told us we should take the train and stop at Thonglor Station instead of Prakanong since Soi (street) 36 is near Thonglor Station. From Thonglor Station you could either walk or ride a motorcycle (10 Baht) to Coffee Barn@36.